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Kirbycolors This article is about the copy ability. For the regular enemy Kirby obtains the ability from, see UFO (enemy). For the Metamortex transformation in Kirby's Epic Yarn, see Saucer.
Copy Ability
UFO
Kirby: Squeak Squad artwork
UFO
Name (JP) ユーフォー (Yūfō)
In Games
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TypeTransformational. Lost after stage finishes (except in Kirby: Squeak Squad).
AppearanceNo hat, pilots or becomes a flying saucer.
PropertiesElectricity (Beam attack), Heat (Laser attack). Can't burn grass.
Other PowersFull charge breaks Metal Blocks
Ability IconUFOiconKSQSQ
Regular enemiesUFO (enemy), Transformer
Mid-bossesDoc (flying saucer)
BossesNone
HelperNone
Wow! I'm so lucky I copied a UFO! I can do four different moves. It all depends on how long you hold B!
— UFO's Flavor Text • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land / Kirby & The Amazing Mirror / Kirby: Squeak Squad

General Information

UFO is one of Kirby's copy abilities. Being first seen in Kirby's Adventure, it allows him to pilot a flying saucer. It is a powerful ability that offers permanent levitation and four different attacks. The type of attack UFO Kirby does is based on how long the player holds down B. The longer it's pressed, the stronger the attack will be. Kirby is capable of moving around while charging, but cannot change the direction he is facing. UFO's main limitation is that Kirby cannot go back down through floors while having the ability, even with ladders.

UFO is very difficult to obtain. When it is found, either the UFO or the Copy Essence are generally in well-hidden areas. Kirby can only get it in four stages in Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, and for 10 short seconds in Kirby's Dream Course. The ability is lost when entering the overworld area, or the Central Circle in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. This behavior was changed in Kirby: Squeak Squad, where it could be taken to any other stage, but more often than not, Kirby has to forfeit the ability because he cannot proceed any further because of UFO's interaction with ladders and floors.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, should the player attempt to drag a bubble item from the Copy Palette up to Kirby's mouth while in UFO form, Kirby will comically flip upside-down and drop to the ground head-first, and cannot move as long as the bubble is within his mouth until he exhales it or re-swallows it. This will also happen with Ghost Kirby, but instead he will inflate and drop onto the ground. Trying to do this over a bottomless pit spells an instant KO.

Move Set

Move Controls Description Element
Beam Whip B/A UFO Kirby's basic feature. It is identical to Beam's signature attack, although Kirby can move freely through the attack. Electricity
Laser Hold B/A (Low hold) Kirby fires a ricocheting laser beam. It is identical to Laser's attack. None (But can light cannon fuses)
UFO Laser Hold B/A (Medium hold) Kirby calls upon the power of his spaceship to strengthen his laser. It slightly stronger than his first laser attack, about equal in power to an inhaled and ejected enemy. However, this Laser cannot ricochet off walls. None
UFO Wave Cannon Hold B/A (Long hold) When Kirby conjures up enough power, he unleashes an electrifying energy beam. It is the strongest of his laser attacks. It also goes through walls. In Kirby's Adventure, the blast is in the shape of a star. None
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Trajectory Orb
None Requires UFO Copy Scroll. A small ball of electricity orbits the UFO, and causes minor damage to anything it comes into contact with. Electricity

Flavor texts

GameFlavor text
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Hold down the B Button to charge, and then let go! You can attack four different ways!
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Wow! I'm so lucky I copied a UFO! I can do four different moves. It all depends on how long you hold B!

Trivia

  • Kirby's UFO is affected by Spray Paint, much like the Magic ability's hat. More specifically, the hull is the color that would be Kirby's shoes and the rest is the color that would be Kirby's body.
  • Though it says the player need to hold B to charge up attacks, the same results happen whenever the player holds A and release it.
  • In the original Kirby's Adventure, UFO Kirby was not affected by water. This changed in subsequent games and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where water slows him down.
  • If Kirby is using his UFO ability while calling for assistance in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the Cell Phone will be replaced by a communication dish.
  • In Kirby: Canvas Curse, UFO Kirby is drawn in Paint Panic.
  • In Kirby's Adventure and its remake, UFO can be copied on the first level; Kirby has to find a hidden room to find a UFO flying down, and he can inhale it for the UFO Ability.
  • In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, when Kirby reaches "1" in the goal game, a Kirby in a UFO will fly over and give him a 1UP.

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